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Ditching Cable For Hulu  
User currently offlineklm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2471 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

For those of you that have done this, have you been happy? I don't watch too much tv, and can stay informed online. I don't have too many shows that I follow these days (could be my work schedule, or just not that "into" tv). I am ditching cable, and can use Hulu and Netflix from my PS3. Has anyone tried Hulu Plus? Thoughts on that vs regular Hulu? Price wise, it doesn't seem too bad!

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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1962 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

We haven't paid for cable for years. We don't watch too much and don't want the kids to watch too much, and everything we need is on netflix or hulu eventually. Sometimes when I am at a place with cable I run through the channels and realize that there are 500 channels and still nothing on worth watching.

The thing I miss by far the most is sports stuff. Live streaming is often very bad quality, and times out etc. I don't have time to watch much anyway, but it's a consideration if you don't want to have to go to friends' or a bar to watch an event.

Go for it!



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3682 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1187 times:

Depending on where you live, you might be very surprised at what you can get now with an antennae. For free. I am like the other poster, we don't watch much and don't want the kids watching much. We get nearly 60 stations over the air, maybe 10-15 of them interesting and 1-2 on most of the time (MeTV). Beyond that, its all torrents played through the PS3, most shows are available next day. We have enough trouble just streaming Youtube during rush hours, I wouldn't put all my eggs in the Hulu basket.

[Edited 2012-11-30 21:12:39]

User currently offlinePHLwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Based on my own experience, Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon Prime videos (included with Amazon Prime, which I use extensively for the 2-day shipping) + over the air programming via antenna is way more than I have time to watch, and I'm most likely to drop Hulu given that the are still ads even though there's a monthly fee. All that plus the Internet is more than enough for me.

I would urge you to try "cutting the cord" - I think you'll be fine and will likely save several hundred dollars per year in so doing. You can always resubscribe to TV if you want.


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5675 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Quoting PHLwok (Reply 3):
and I'm most likely to drop Hulu given that the are still ads even though there's a monthly fee

  

Also, there's a bunch of shows they refuse to stream over a console (calling them "web only"). Nothing more than a scam, IMO.

But still far better than the ripoff that is cable.



"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlinePHLwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):


Also, there's a bunch of shows they refuse to stream over a console (calling them "web only"). Nothing more than a scam, IMO.

But still far better than the ripoff that is cable.

Yup. I just don't see enough of a benefit of Hulu Plus over free Hulu - I won't stop using it completely if I drop the free subscription. But I do use Netflix & Amazon video heavily on my iPad.

Also, many TV networks have console/mobile device streaming apps with free content delayed several days from the original airdate. While there's often not tons of content in them, this is another potential source of some content if you're trying to stay current on current shows.


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